Unmaintained space blacksmith

I recently stumbled upon an old hammer head. It was rusty and dirty, but looked great and seem to have lived quite a few hits already, with its face and peen obviously squashed.

This is more specifically a cross-peen head, that was likely used in the past for shaping small metal pieces or sheets as it's too light for heavy duty, and wouldn't be squashed if used for woodworking.

It missed a handle, but this was quickly fixed with a small maple branch, and a rotating metallic brush did the rest for the head.

The old rusty head

The nice looking brushed head

Carving a handle

Assembling the hammer

The hammer looking nice on the bench panel

Time to do all this: less than an hour.

Why write a blog post about this? Because hammers are great and should be treated with respect!